According to reports in Argentina, Everton will submit an opening offer for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios this week.
Barrios, a 25-year-old defensive midfielder, has been on Boca’s books since the summer of 2016.
The tenacious Colombian is highly-regarded in South America, and played a key role in both his country’s run to the World Cup’s Last-16 during the summer, and Boca’s journey to the final of the Copa Libertadores late last year.
However, Barrios was given his marching orders during the second-leg of the Xeneizes’ Libertadores final clash with fierce rivals River Plate, eventually leading to the latter taking firm control of proceedings and emerging with a 3-1 victory.
In addition, the Deportes Tolima youth product came under heavy scrutiny during Colombia’s World Cup Last-16 exit to England last July, after appearing to headbutt Jordan Henderson.
Though Barrios escaped with just a booking, Gary Neville was one of many who felt as though the midfielder should have been sent for an early bath:
‘It’s a red card. Stonewall’, Neville explained on Sky Sports.
As such, question marks understandably remain over Barrios’ temperament.
Nevertheless, though, on his day, the South American displays all of the required traits of a top-class defensive midfielder.
As a result, one of a number of clubs to be expressing an interest in Barrios’ services are Premier League outfit Everton.
The Toffees’ were heavily-linked with a move for the Boca dynamo during the summer.
And, as per a fresh report courtesy of Argentine journalist Marcelo Merkato, Marco Silva’s men have now reignited their interest in Barrios’ signature, with a bid that comes close to activating the Colombian’s $23 million release clause set to be launched this week:
@Everton will submit a bid for Wilmar Barrios this week. The bid will come close to Barrios buyout clause of $23M
— Boca in English (@CABJ_English) January 6, 2019